On Saturday, October 22nd, FCA Golf JAX held an FCA Golf JAX Combine at the University of North Florida’s (UNF) Golf Complex. The Combine was kicked off by Michael Smith, Founder and CEO of Fore College Golf and former Division 1 collegiate team captain. Smith joined us to lead a 30 minute putting clinic with his good friend, JU Men’s Golf Graduate and PGA TOUR Latino America player, Colin Monagle. In addition to explaining his putting practice routine and demonstrating his putting technique, Smith answered several questions ranging from his early days as a junior golfer, to his years as a competitive collegiate athlete, to now helping junior golfers pursue their dreams in playing collegiate golf.
“The Junior Golf generation is truly the next generation of golfers. They are seeing the young players on tour having success and that sparks their interest to become more involved in the game than ever before. It is truly amazing to see the passion that these kids have in their pursuit to get better and become the best they can be. They are the reason why I do what I do at ForeCollegeGolf, and why it was so much fun to be a part of the FCA Golf JAX Combine today!” – Michael Smith
Combine participants then competed their way through each Combine station: putting, short-game, and full swing. Participants receive points based upon the result of each shot hit at each station. Points are recorded on Combine scorecards and used not only to determine Combine winners, but also to help participants assess strengths and weaknesses within their golf game. This baseline understanding helps participants focus their practice in the areas where improvement is needed most. This simple, yet effective and efficient form of practice and competition taught in an FCA Golf JAX Combine is a model of practice that participants can take along with them and repeat as they practice on their own. Learn more about the FCA Golf JAX Combine experience here.
Combine honors were taken home by three participants. These winners include (as pictured below, left-to-right): Preston Shields (1st Place Overall), Ashton Monk (12 & Over Winner) and Bryson Hughes (11 & Under Winner). Congratulations to each of our winners!
Elite Putters Club (EPC) joined forces with FCA Golf JAX to conclude the Combine with a EPC putting match. Participants competed for two rounds of four holes each to determine the Champion, Runner Up and 3rd Place honors. EPC honors went to (as pictured below, left-to-right) Ben Arthur (3rd Place), Ashton Monk (1st Place) and Bryson Hughes (2nd Place). Congratulations to our EPC winners!